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Arlington-Alexandria community calendar March 3-10

Thursday, March 3, 2011; T18

Thursday, March 3

"Main Attractions: Centerpieces for Valentine's Day," by Ceramic Guild. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

"The Songfellows" auditions, for age 55 and older, join the men's four-part harmony group. 10 a.m.-noon, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

AARP tax preparation help, tax aides prepare and electronically file tax returns for age 60 and over and low- and moderate-income taxpayers, sponsored by the AARP Foundation. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, through April 14, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990 or www.aarp.org/taxaide.

"Hamtdaa: Together" festival, featuring an exhibit of dance masks, costumes and paintings by Gankhuyag Natsag, opening 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and reception 6-9 p.m. Thursday; show continues, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through May 1. "Discover Tsam," a Mongolian ritual dance, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Sunday. Learn about Mongolian heritage, 2 p.m. Saturday, Artisphere, Terrace Gallery, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

"Malaysia Journeys" photo exhibit, by Blake Stenning. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.

"Bare Bones" paintings exhibit, by Ruth Trevarrow. Opens noon-4 p.m. Thursday; reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday; show continues, noon-4 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through April 10, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

"Juno and the Paycock," Sean O'Casey's stage tragedy about a struggling Irish family following that country's Civil War. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through March 20, Artisphere, Black Box Theater, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Pay what you can, Saturday matinees; $25-$35. 800-494-8497 or www.washingtonshakespeare.org.

"His Eye is on the Sparrow," a musical about the life of jazz singer Ethel Waters. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and Wednesdays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through March 20, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $45-$50; students, $25. 703-548-9044, 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org.

From Uruguay with laughter, Teatro de la Luna prevents "How to Avoid Falling in Love with the Wrong Man," a comedy performed by Graciela Rodriguez, in Spanish with English surtitles. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through March 12, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$30. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.

Friday, March 4

AARP tax preparation help, tax aides prepare and electronically file tax returns for low and moderate income, and age 60 and older, taxpayers, sponsored by the AARP Foundation. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 1:15-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 15, Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5710 or www.aarp.org/taxaide.

"Beyond Form: Expressing Art," all-media abstract works by area artists. Opening reception, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; show, noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through March 27, Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, about 70 exhibitors offer rare books, manuscripts, documents, maps and other memorabilia, to benefit Concord Hill School. 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Myer Dr., Arlington. Two-day admission, $14; Saturday only, $8. 202-363-4999.

Arlington Sister City Association reception, featuring performances by Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana, Ukrainian music, a Bolivian dance, and food samples. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Crystal City. $40, registration required. 202-347-8630, Ext. 4875 or www.arlingtonsistercity.org.

"Bye Bye Birdie," musical performance by St. Stephen's & St. Agnes high school students. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1000 St. Stephen's Rd., Alexandria. $5. 703-212-2291 or www.sssas.org.

Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a musical performance by Chalice Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. $20; seniors and students, $15. 703-892-0202, Ext. 6.

Port City Playhouse, presents John Redwood's play about racism and anti-Semitism. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. $18; seniors and students, $16. 703-838-2880 or www.portcityplayhouse.com.

Louisiana dance party, music by Squeeze Bayou and the Junkyard Saints, Cajun dance lessons, Mardi Gras goodies and refreshments, to benefit Hungry for Music. 8 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. $20; in advance, $15. 703-838-4199 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Saturday, March 5

Alexandria farmers market, meat, dairy products, fish, fruit and vegetables, sponsored by the city. 5:30-10:30 a.m., Market Square, 301 King St. 703-746-3200 or www.alexandria.gov/farmersmarket.

Del Ray farmers market, produce, cheese, flowers, meat, mushrooms, honey, pralines and baked goods. 9 a.m.-noon, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570.

Arlington Urban Village Market, furniture, art, china, silver, jewelry, books, photographs, vintage clothing, linens, lamps, chandeliers, antique tools and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Courthouse parking lot. 703-812-8881.

St. Patrick's Day celebration, in Old Town Alexandria, sponsored by the Ballyshaners. Classic car show, 10 a.m., Pitt Street between King and Cameron streets; dog show, 10:30 a.m., Market Square; parade, 12:30 p.m., King Street from Alfred to Lee streets. 703-619-0032 or www.ballyshaners.org.

"The Magic Paintbrush," for age 4 and older, a play based on a Chinese folktale about a poor boy who discovers a paintbrush that brings his art to life. 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 3. Additional performance, 4 p.m. March 12, Synetic Family Theater, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 800-494-8497 or www.classika.org.

"The Secret of Kells," for age 6 and older, an animated feature film about the boy behind the illuminated gospel in the Book of Kells. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $6. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Apothecary Museum open house, collection of herbal botanicals, hand-blown glass, medical equipment and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-3852 or www.apothecarymuseum.org.

"Beautybeast," performance by Aurora Opera Theatre. 2 and 4 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $12; seniors $10; 14 and younger, $5. 703-379-1433 or www.auroraopera.org/tickets.

Walking tours of Arlington, along new public sites on the road led by artist Graham Coreil-Allen. Tours, 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:30 p.m. with children, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

Signature Theatre book launch,Ken Ludwig discusses his book "Lend Me a Tenor and Other Plays" with readings of his other plays by Ian Merrill Peakes, Holly Twyford and others. 4-6 p.m., 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Free, reservations required. 703-820-9771, 703-573-7328 or www.signature-theatre.org.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra fundraiser, 24th Annual Ball, La Bella Sinfonia, an Evening in Italy, featuring a reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Sponsored by Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria. 6 p.m.-midnight, Westin Alexandria Hotel, 400 Courthouse Square. $200; first-timers, $150. 703-548-7454 or www.alexsym.org.

Flying squirrels program, learn about the animals and watch them glide. 6-7:15 p.m. Saturday and March 12, Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622950-E). www.registration.arlingtonva.us or 703-228-6535.

Arlington Youth Orchestra concert, 8 p.m., Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $10. 703-228-1850 or www.artisphere.com.

Sunday, March 6

"Our Nest" exhibit, prints relating to nests by Printmakers members. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through April 30, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1342 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Columbia Pike farmers market, fruits, vegetables, plants, baked goods, jams, meat, dairy products and coffee. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Pike Park (South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike), Arlington. 703-892-2776 or www.columbiapike.org.

"Artistic Identities" enameling exhibit, featuring an ancient art form by members of Enamelists Gallery. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through April 4, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

"Mix It Up" exhibit, artists demonstrates fiber art techniques. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (1-9 p.m. March 10), through March 13, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Historic house and garden, guided tours. 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. Free, reservations required. 703-548-1789 or www.leefendallhouse.org.

Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, performing works by Haydn, Beethoven and Bruch. 3 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $25; seniors, $20. 703-635-2770 or www.eclipseco.com.

Monday, March 7

ESL placement exam, for English as a second language classes to be held March 28-June 17, part of Arlington public schools' adult education program. 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. Monday, March 14, 21 and 28, Clarendon Education Center, 2801 Clarendon Blvd. Exam, free; course, $350-$470; Arlington residents, $175-$235. 703-228-4200 or www.apsva.us/reep.

"Across China and Tibet" exhibit, photographs by Greg Embree. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays, 1-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays- Saturdays, through April 1, Cherrydale Library, 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

"Patriotic and Public Spirited," exhibit of commemorative wares featuring artifacts from archaeological excavations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, the Lyceum, Coldsmith Gallery, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $2. 703-746-4994 or www.alexandriahistory.org.

Kiln Club annual show, pottery by Barbara Gatterdam, Karin Abromaitis, Dana Lehrer Danze and others. Opens 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through April 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-548-6288 or www.kilnclubwdc.com.

Tavern Toddlers, for children ages 1-3 accompanied by an adult, participants make crafts and play games from previous centuries. 10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. One adult and as many as two children, $7 per week; additional person, $3. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Women's Club meeting, Jim Moran (R-8th) and Arlington County Board Chairman Chris Zimmerman answer questions. 10:30 a.m., Woman's Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St. Free. 703-553-5800.

U.S. Army Band Downrange, concert. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Tuesday, March 8

Seniors flower show trip, visit the Philadelphia International Flower Show, includes lunch at Chart House, sponsored by Arlington County 55+ Travel. Bus departs from three locations: Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., 7:20 a.m.; Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr., 7:40 a.m.; and Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., 7:55 a.m. Bus returns at 9:30 p.m. $89, registration required. 703-228-4748.

Exhibit of Horace Day paintings, "Style and Identity: Black Alexandria in the 1970s" featuring street scenes and portraits. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. $2. 703-746-4356 or www.alexblackhistory.org.

Clifford Wheeler photography exhibit, opens 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through April 3. Reception, 2-4 p.m. March 13, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Seniors pancake day, includes entertainment by the Merrymakers. 1 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Each pancake, $1; reservations required. 703-228-4403.

Seniors book discussion, Tim O'Brien's short-story collection about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War, "The Things They Carried." 1:45 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

National public art leaders talk, Jennifer McGregor of New York City's Percent for Art Program, Liesel Fenner of Public Art Program for Americans for the Arts and Ralph Bennett of the University of Maryland School of Architecture discuss "The Challenges of Public Art in Placemaking." Reception, 6:30 p.m.; talk, 7:30 p.m., Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Wednesday, March 9

Seniors afternoon tea, travel by bus to the Tea, Lace and Roses restaurant in Culpeper, Va., sponsored by Arlington County 55+ Travel. Bus departs from three locations: Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., 10:15 a.m.; Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr., 10:30 a.m.; Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., 10:45 a.m. Bus returns at 6 p.m. $41, registration required. 703-228-4748.

Figure drawing workshop, open studio sessions. Gesture, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; pose, 2-5 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $6-$10. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Spring lawn-care basics, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension. Led by master gardeners of Northern Virginia. 7-9 p.m., James M. Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-228-6426.

"Art & Copy" film, about those who revolutionized advertising. 8 p.m., Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $6. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Thursday, March 10

"Water Marks," watercolors by Barry D. Lindley. Opens 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 10; show continues, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through April 14. Artist talk, 1 p.m. March 26, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Senior county budget forum, staff from the county Department of Human Services discuss "Budget Impacts Facing Aging Issues and Arlington Senior Programs." 10 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6300.

Second Thursday Art Night, visit studios and meet artists. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Virginia health care reform talk, by Cindi Jones of the state department of Health and Human Resources, sponsored by National Active and Retired Federal Employees. 7 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-241-5530.

- Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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